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The consequence of Hasselbeck's departure from 'The View

In terms of newswortihness, Elisabeth Hasselbeck's move from ABC's The View to Fox News is small potatoes. It was speculated about since March.

But, as pointed out in the Washington Post's She the People blog, it actually says a lot about the state of U.S. politics and news media:

Hasselbeck’s departure from ABC further exposes the ongoing cultural shut-down between conservatives and liberals. Sure, I didn’t share every Hasselbeck opinion, but there were some I did. Her delivery sometimes seemed hewn from rocks beside seasoned spin-meisters. Yes, she frequently shared ideas as if she crammed GOP literature the night before. But she was no more a walking complexity of choices and ideas than Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd or Barbara Walters.

I respected Hasselbeck for being there. Right in the middle of things. I admired her willingness to share her perspective, and grow into the job before the world. Hasselbeck spoke for a segment of American women unimpressed by what inflames Hollywood, New York and D.C. I’ve listened to this woman in church and social groups and overheard her in shopping malls. I’ve seen her books and posts on Facebook. I saw her challenge voting procedures during the 2012 presidential campaign in my Dallas precinct. She’s real, and Hasselbeck breathed her into political life. ...

How I wish the fire-breathing liberals at MSNBC had hired her instead.

@eScarry

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